Is Kidney Soreness a side effect of Vitamin D?

I have just started taking Vit. D in a gel form & am experiencing a little kidney soreness.


Is that a possible side effect? I have also just started dissolving a B-12 under my tongue. Possible re-action?

Thank you for taking your time to answer these questions.

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Doubt it..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

We ALL get aches and pains once in a while and if it passes in a few days, then I wouldn't worry about it. If it becomes severe, then you should probably see a doctor.



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Vitamin D
by: Anonymous

I also get kidney pain from Vitamin D supplementation. I had this happen before and as soon as I quit taking Vitamin D, no more pain. I just tried to take it again, same reaction. I would appreciate any help to alleviate this side effect.

Kidney Soreness or Low Back Pain?
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

So, is your pain really 'kidney pain' or is it 'low back pain'? If you put your hands on your hips where your thumbs are is your LOW BACK, your kidneys are actually up quite a bit higher. If you put your hands under your RIBCAGE in the same way, that is where your KIDNEYS are.

Most people, even those who are having kidney stones or kidney infections do NOT feel 'kidney pain', but a referred pain somewhere else- even when their kidneys SHOULD hurt.

So, unless you correct me or KNOW that it is kidney pain, I am going on the assumption that you have 'Low Back Pain' when you take Vitamin D. If this is the case, this is VERY interesting and it COULD mean that you are VERY vitamin D deficient and that you ABSOLUTELY MUST get a vitamin D level!!!

I'll explain. For those who are very vitamin D deficient, the calcium in your bones gets leached out and contributes to osteoporosis. In other words, your bones are more 'porous' and spongy than they should be.

When a person with somewhat spongy bones takes vitamin d, it allows your body to absorb calcium quickly- and with that calcium fluids go into the bones too, just like a sponge. And when this happens, it actually can make your bones swell against the outer covering of your bones. And because this outer covering of your bones is not flexible, you can experience this swelling as pain.


SO...... if you truly get back pain when you take vitamin d, it MAY be because you are EXTREMELY vitamin D deficient and REALLY REALLY need to be getting this vitamin D.


So PLEASE get tested, and if you are deficient and you get back pain when you take the vitamin D, then I'm afraid you just need to suffer through it for a while until your bones adjust and stop swelling in a week or two.

PLEASE let me know what your Vitamin D Level is!!



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Vitamin D deficiency
by: Donna

I'm currently on large doses of vitamin d due to a deficiency and have been experiencing what feels like lower back pain. It feels muscular to me and although it's usually in my back, I feel it in my upper legs and butt as well.

I am six weeks into a twelve week regimin and the discomfort started 2 1/2 weeks ago. It isn't constant and I often feel fine when I am in motion, walking, etc. I am not able to associate this discomfort with anything else, so I'm guessing it's due to the vitamin d. I am hoping for relief soon.

Back pain when you are on vitamin d
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

So, there are two possibilities for your back pain. The first option is that you are experiencing bone pain from being VERY vitamin d deficient and it is just temporary and will pass when your vitamin d deficiency has improved.

The second, and more likely problem, is that you are experiencing induced magnesium deficiency from taking the vitamin d. See my page on Vitamin D Side Effects to see why that would be.

Your best option to try to relieve this problem is to see my page on Magnesium Dosages and follow the instructions there.

Also, if you are taking 'high dose' vitamin d for 12 weeks, I'm assuming that you are taking a prescription?

If that's the case, please read my page on Prescription Vitamin D to see why that's not recommended- and taking Vitamin D3 Supplements instead.


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My kidney pain is worsened by taking vitamins
by: Anonymous

I have unexplained kidney pain that has worsened over the years (definitely kidney and not muscle). Pain gets better after I urinate. It started on the right kidney and was occasional but has progressed to daily. ANY type of vitamin supplement increases the pain to 9 or 10; this is bad because I need them as I have very low levels of vitamins, especially D and B.

Doctors are baffled. I just had to respond to this post because it seems such an unusual problem and I'm desperate for answers. Doctors thought it was kidney stones but they have been ruled out on 2 CTs. There is blood and protein in the urine sometimes and bilirubin at least once that I'm aware of. CMP is fine and there is no indication of infection. The left kidney started hurting a few months ago. I think doctors are just now taking me seriously; I keep hearing vitamins can't make kidneys hurt... but they do for me.

Any thoughts are appreciated!

Vitaman B and my kidneys
by: Anonymous

I heard a radio commercial on the "good" affects of vitamin D , so I bought some and took 12,000 units.

And then another 4000 units and my kidneys started really hurting ...... I took another 4000 units before I put the two together.

It took 4 days for the pain to go completely away .... So, I really don't know what to make of this?

Any comments ?

vitamin d deficiency
by: uniongal

I have been diagnosed with a vitamin d deficiency, blood work indicated mine was at l2 - very low according to my doctor. He is starting me on a supplement today. I'd like to understand if there is also a connection to a recurrent kidney infection.

i have also recently just this week started on thyroid meds (synthroid) He has also proscribed vicodin for extremely painful side pains that have plagued me for a number of years, thought previously to be related to a potassium deficiency.

thank you

Back Pain from Vitamin D and Calcium
by: Robin

I was diagnosed a couple of years ago with low vitamin D. They put me on a supplement and it came up. Last year I started having the same symptoms as before so bought some vitamins from Walmart and just after two days of taking it, my lower back became extremely sore and didn't stop. I had to go to the hospital and they said I was passing a Kidney stone! I stopped the vitamin because my instincts told me that they caused it. Ok, later that year, decided to try it again because my D feels low... again I got kidney stones... 3 of them this time. I stopped it and my back was fine. Lately I've been having poor memory, tiredness and bone soreness but my back was fine... started the D with Calcium again and just after two days... LOWER BACK PAIN! SAME PLACE. I need the Vitamin D and Calcium but my kidneys don't want it.
What do you think?

It's not the vitamin d, it's lack of magnesium
by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Well, so several things are at issue here. First of all, you absolutely cannot develop kidney stones in two days. They take long periods of time to develop. They do not and cannot develop in 10 days. I don't doubt that you PASSED a kidney stone soon after you began taking vitamins, but it's not due to the vitamins despite that happening twice. It was simply too short of a time period. Maybe the vitamins had something to do with you PASSING them, but you develop kidney stones long before you pass them. You had been developing these kidney stones long before you took these vitamins.

Next, you say that you need 'Vitamin D and Calcium'. Why? You were low in vitamin d, so why would you need to take calcium? Was your calcium level low? If not, then why take calcium?

Taking calcium is one of the risk factors for the development of heart disease in women and has no relationship to osteoporosis. Excess calcium may even be one of the reasons why you are developing kidney stones in the first place.

What you actually almost certainly need is magnesium. Please see my page on Preventing Kidney Stones to see more about what I'm talking about. There is an epidemic of magnesium deficiency in western countries, not calcium deficiency. It's lack of magnesium that leads to kidney stones and osteoporosis. Westerners already have some of the highest intake of calcium in the world- and the highest rates of heart disease and osteoporosis. There IS a connection.

Then the next issue is "Why are you taking vitamins from WalMart"? Drug store vitamins are not fit for consumption. Some speculate that the chemicals and fillers and artificial crap are so bad for you that they actually use up more vitamins processing them than they actually give you in the end! Yipes. Get off of these crappy vitamins. They are not appropriate to take and should not be considered vitamins at all, in my opinion.

When you take vitamins, you should take high quality multivitamin and mineral supplements such as the ones that I carry on my site.

Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

vitima d and kidney stones
by: Anonymous

I was taking vitiman D tablets for awhile it made
me very nauseated with extreme constipation, I was always bloated . I was told to try taking the D drops instead I tried, and had the same reaction .The Doctor's explained that it would be better, on the digestive system instead of the tablets. I had developed a kidney stone 6ml long in the centre of my kidney, don't know if this was caused from the vitamin D. Anyway I have had extreme back pain as well , so I stopped the vitamin D and I have even more back pain now, but I do need the D vitamin it is very low too.
I don't know what to do! I have to see a specialist for this problem I guess ,I have been suffering with pain in my back for awhile.Do you think Vitamin D will help me eventually or cause more problems with kidney stones?

Definite Kidney Pain from Vit D Supplements
by: Rich

My Vit D level was only 11ng/mL, so my doctor put me on weekly doses of 50,000IU's of Vit D. Every single time I take a Vit D supplement, my kidneys hurt like all-get-out. I am absolutely certain it is my kidneys and not muscular or bone pain. It hurts so bad I can point to exactly where my kidneys are! I know I have to keep taking these pills, but what can I do to stop the pain?

NOT taking Vitamin D causes pain
by: Dondi

I have the exact opposite problem as what people are stating on this site. I have had 8 stones over 20 years and last year I thought I had another. It never showed on CT and Dr's were baffled. After 3 months of debilitating pain my nephrologist suggested I take in more Vitamin D. To my surprise, the pain subsided (I was even out on disability at work the pain was so bad).

Now, and since, if I do not take the D I immediately (within a day or two) start feeling pain again.


Kidney pain
by: Anonymous

I am getting kidney pain in hip area after 2 weeks of vitamin d...even very small 800iu causing pain

Kidney Pain from taking vitamin D
by: Anonymous

There is no question that when I take vitamin D I get pain in my kidneys and not in my back it is on the side above my hips (around my waist area the soft area). I am thinking that either I am Magnesium deficient (I had 3.9mg/dl (RBC Mg) that is exacerbated also by vitamin D that draws on calcium that is an antagonist to magnesium .

Both (Mg and Ca) are fighting to enter the cell. I have been tested and have been in 35-45 mg/dl range. Coincidentally my tinnitus increases in its pitch quite significantly when I take vitamin D. I have done this enough times to know it is the culprit as well as the kidney pain.

Are there any better ways of increasing vitamin D if you live in the northeast where it is hard to get the rays...I also have cloudy urine...I am taking magnesium around 600-800 daily.
thank you

Kidney Pain
by: Anonymous

Why does it seem like nobody has answers. There is no doubt that the Vitamin D that I take causes KIDNEY pain. Also when I take Vitamin C. To the experts, please believe us and tell us more why this might happen? How else can we get our Vitamin D levels higher than just normal daylight exposure?

Kidney pain since taking 50000UI D2
by: Anonymous

I have to join the choir of those experiencing kidney aches. My blood results showed that I had been very low in Vitamin D, so my doctor prescribed 1.25 mg of Vitamin D2 for the next four weeks. I took my first one last night, I was unable to sleep, had cramps under my ribs, and had to urinate every 2 hours. All day today I had kidney pain.

I looked around and the connection between the two is indicated in most information pages about side effects of Vitamin D.

My question is: what do I do now? I am happy to stop taking vitamin D, but is there anything I can or should do to remedy the pain in my kidneys?

Thank you all for your comments. It is great to know that one is not alone with these troubles. Hope you all feel better soon with good levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D + Kidney Pain/Stone = Mg deficiency
by: Sandy

It's very simple. Intake of Vitamin D + Kidney stone/pain = low magnesium!
Vitamin D requires Mg, low Mg = kidney stones!

Permanent lower back pain after using Vit. D suppl. in 2012
by: Nadi

I also used vitamin D on my own after reading about its benefits and being possibly deficient in 2012. After two to three weeks I suddenly felt intense pain at lower left back.

Since then my life is really in trouble, I have not been able to recover from this pain. I was checked for possible kidney problems in 2012 and 2013 but ultrasound and blood work did not show any stones or any disease of kidneys in my case.
In 2013 I was sent to a neurologist by my GP where I got some TENS vibration treatment which relieved my pain for some time. But somehow I feel this pain in the back often after eating various foods frequently such as lentils or cheese etc.

Recently I bought for the first time a maragarine that contained minor vitamin D added to it and within just two weaks I again started feeling pain in the same lower back area. It seems like now even small oral ingestion of Vitamin D present in Maragarine is also acting as potent agent in my case to trigger same lower back pain.
Could it be that in my case it is indeed muscular pain caused by Vitamin D by causing some kind of imbalance in calcium levels locally in the lower back muscle.

I have not used any Magnesium supplementation to see if it may reverse this back pain. I have a miserable life due to this low back pain now for more than 3 years.

Kidney pain
by: Lori

I also have kidney pain. I was prescribed 50000iu's of d2 once a week. I stopped taking it and the pain went away after a few days. I tried again and it came back. Someone recommended I take over the counter d3 2000iu's.

The same thing happens. I have chronic dry eye which is very painful but when I take vit d it eases the dry eye considerable so I am torn as what to do. Any advice will be appreciated.

Doctors Clueless
by: Anonymous

I have tested being on Vitamin D and off of it (drops and 50,000IU pills) over 6 times and EVERY time, within about 1-2 weeks, I get pain in my kidneys. I am NOT experiencing muscle pain in my back. I am an RN and have had 2 kidney stones before...and this is the exact same location as my kidneys.

I have asked my internist, my son's GP and my daughter's urologist about the connection between Vitamin D and experiencing kidney pain or stones, and they each look at me like I'm a bit crazy. They've never heard of such a thing. It doesn't seem that there are medical journals talking about this issue either, as I've searched and searched. It's good to know I'm not alone, yet I'm sorry many are struggling.

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